Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Houston Rockets guard James Harden have been named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.
Antetokounmpo, who has won back-to-back Player of the Month awards this season, finished the last month of the calendar year with 29.3 points, 12 rebounds and 5.3 assists. Harden, meanwhile, continues to lead the league in scoring after averaging 37.3 points to go along with 5.6 rebounds and 6.9 assists in the month of December.
Both players are listed in the first returns for NBA All-Star voting, with Antetokounmpo leading all Eastern Conference players in votes and Harden ranking second in votes amongst Western Conference guards.
The best of Giannis in December:— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 2, 2020
29.5 PPG (1st in East) | 12.4 RPG | 5.2 APG pic.twitter.com/X9HeFbxNNH
🚀 𝗪𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗡 𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗙𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗡𝗖𝗘 𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗬𝗘𝗥 𝗢𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗠𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗛 🚀— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 2, 2020
📈 @JHarden13 / December Stats
🏀 37.3 PTS
🏀 6.9 AST
🏀 5.6 REB
🏀 2.1 STL
🏀 1.2 BLK
🔥 48.1% from the floor, 42.5% from 3-point range and 85.0% from the foul line
Rookies of the Month
Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn and Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant have been named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.
Nunn and Morant also won the award in October/November following a stellar start to the season.
The first-year guards continue to maintain the lead in our latest Kia Rookie Ladder, and their stats from last month are nearly identical. Nunn averaged 15.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 0.5 steals in the month for Miami, while Morant averaged 15.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 0.5 steals in the December games he played for Memphis.
Coaches of the Month
Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer and Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan have been named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.
Over the course of the month, Budenholzer guided Milwaukee to an NBA-best 13-2 record, while Donovan led Oklahoma City to an 11-4 record, good enough for first among Western Conference teams.